Travel Journal Writing
Community members joined Schreiner University students in celebrating International Education Week, November 14-18 and participated in the Travel Touchstones: Transformative Travel through Creative Journal Writing workshop. Sonja Lind, Ph.D. and the program director of The Changing Global Society initiative sponsored the workshop.
My husband, Lynn Jones and I volunteer at Schreiner University, our local liberal arts university. We encourage and prepare students to expand their learning through travel and study abroad by taking this workshop.
Experienced travelers from the community and university students explored journal writing topics, techniques, and tools. They participated in two writing exercises and discussion about how to prepare, anticipate, and rehearse before travel.
This prep increases the chances that one will travel more intentionally and more purposefully and as a result, enrich one’s experiences.
The preparation before travel and the reflection after a journey create learning that is deeper, more enduring, and much more transferable in the future.
College students cannot ask for much more out of an experience that is to prepare them for participation in a global world, which is one of the foundational directions of Schreiner University today.
Journal Writing Tips:
- Read Globejotting before you take the next trip. (See the book cover to your right.)
- Take a small journal that will fit in your pocket, purse, or bag. Keep it in a Ziploc bag if needed to protect it from rain, sand, or spills.
- Ask a child you meet while riding on public transportation to draw in your journal for you. You can accomplish this, even if you do not share the same language.
What journal writing tips do you recommend?